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Posted by: corrigan 2nd Mar 2008, 09:44pm

ANYBODY OUT THERE REMBER THE LOCARNO, IN SAUCHALL STREEI. I WENT THERE THURSDAYS /SATURDAYS AROUND THE FIFTIES AND SIXTIES... I LOVED WHEN ERIC DELANEY CAME UP FROM LONDEN, HE PLAYED THE DRUMS I THINK HIS FAVORITE WAS SKIN DEEP, BUT I COULD BE WRONG, IF ANYBODY HAS ANY MEMORIES OF HIM DOING A SOLO YOU WILL REMEMBER HOW WE WOULD GATHER ROUND THE STAGE TILL WE GOT MORE AND MORE EXCITED WAITING FOR HIM TO REACH A CRESENDO, MAJIC I COULD LIVE THOSE DAYS ALL OVER AGAIN

Posted by: betty2 2nd Mar 2008, 11:56pm

Those were the days rolleyes.gif Locarno was one of my haunts but mostly mondays and friday nights, in the late 50,s

Posted by: stratson 3rd Mar 2008, 07:03am

My first visit to the Locarno was New Years night12-4a.m. Jan 1st. 19 biggrin.gif 50. Was fantastic, being out all night, unheard of at that time. Can remember wearin' the "New Look" dress, with very high heeled red ankle strap shoes. Later to become a regular Thursday night event.. We had a great time.

Posted by: Melody 3rd Mar 2008, 07:04am

Are ye dancin'? Ah'm askin'. laugh.gif

Posted by: stratson 3rd Mar 2008, 07:13am

Am dancin'! rolleyes.gif

Posted by: Anne1 3rd Mar 2008, 09:04am

those were the days eh stratson laugh.gif laugh.gif

Posted by: stratson 3rd Mar 2008, 03:08pm

No Booze, drugs,were not on the scene, a hot orange or soft drink if you got a click, good clean wholesome fun and laughter.Good bands were my forte. Loved jazz. smile.gif

Posted by: corrigan 3rd Mar 2008, 04:38pm

YOU ARE RIGHT, GOOD CLEAN FUN ! MY TIPPLE THEN WAS A LOVELY COLD GLASS OF MILK, TO COOL ME DOWN AFTER ALL THE DANCING...... I WONDER WHAT THE YOUNG ONES WOULD THINK OF THAT. THE ENTRANCE TO THE LOCARNO IS STILL THERE, IT BRINGS BACK MEMORIES EVERTIME I PASS IT.......

Posted by: corrigan 3rd Mar 2008, 04:38pm

YOU ARE RIGHT, GOOD CLEAN FUN ! MY TIPPLE THEN WAS A LOVELY COLD GLASS OF MILK, TO COOL ME DOWN AFTER ALL THE DANCING...... I WONDER WHAT THE YOUNG ONES WOULD THINK OF THAT. THE ENTRANCE TO THE LOCARNO IS STILL THERE, IT BRINGS BACK MEMORIES EVERTIME I PASS IT.......

Posted by: corrigan 3rd Mar 2008, 04:42pm

WHY IS THAT LAST MESSAGE CAME UP TWICE??????? COULD SOMEONE TELL ME

Posted by: rosie-k 3rd Mar 2008, 05:42pm

What a great night standing waiting to get into the 12----4am at the Locarno, does anyone remember getting a wee pen with a light at the end as a gift. I loved the Locarno, it was only 5/6 I think on a thursday night and it was not to be missed. They days you could walk home in comparative safety and we were always in a crowd, come to think of it I think it was 5/6 for 2 on a Thursday night.

Posted by: corrigan 4th Mar 2008, 05:09am

rosie-k you have a good memory, i can;t remember how much it cost, but what about the the thursday night when there was a big fight between the sailors from dunoon and the local boys . i wasen;t there that night but it was the talk of the steamie. at that age the sight of the yankie sailors brought a bit of excitement to glasgow. thats what they call the good auld days. (those where the days my friend}

Posted by: rosie-k 4th Mar 2008, 06:24pm

I honestly don't remember any fighting in the Locarno, I am talking about 1950sh. I liked the Locarno as it was local. I don't remember drinking milk, tea or anything like that, we used to get a double double of Jonny Walker whisky in the Wooden hut in North St. that was between 6 of us by the way, it was more enjoyable as it was daring. I prefer white wine now. Do you remember how the pubs used to have a family dept. where you could get a carry out? We didn't frequent pubs in they days. Is it Johnny Walker, I remember the advert for it but cannot remember if that is the correct spelling. I wish I did have a good memory, I am up and down my stairs like a yo yo not knowing what I came up for in the first place, I can remember things that happened years ago, now I ask what day it is. Auld Age..!!!

Posted by: corrigan 4th Mar 2008, 07:49pm

I think the night of the fight , the one and only that i remember was around 1957. I think what happend was a girl refused to dance with a local boy but accepted to dance with a yank......Iwasen't there that night but heard all about it at work the next day..... It is great we remember what happend all those years ago , but can hardly remember what went on yesterday........ dry.gif dry.gif

Posted by: George Muir 4th Mar 2008, 09:04pm

I remember hearing about the big rammy at the Locarno in the fifties. I was a regular there on Thursday nights, but for some reason I missed that night, a wee voice must have said to me "Don't go there" laugh.gif a lot of the world's navies were in the UK at the time, taking part in "Operation Mainbrace". At the time of the fight I heard it was U.S. navy versus Canadian navy. We would drop in to a pub in North Street (or was it Holland Street) for a wee drink prior to the jiggin. The bands back then were the Benny Daniels Band and the Ray Ellington Quartet. Great times!

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Posted by: glasgow lass 4th Mar 2008, 11:52pm

laugh.gif I can remember my mother telling me about how wonderful it was to get a night out at the Lacarno with her pal, not an easy task as she had to do all of the house work that day and take care of us before she was allowed out, she still has some photies of her going to the Lacarno, aw whit a classy dresser she was with her beautiful off the shoulder dresses , the ones with the big full skirt and her stilettos ,big chunky earings and with her Elizabeth Taylor short hair cut she was a knockout. wub.gif

Posted by: maryhillgal 5th Mar 2008, 01:14am

I absolutely loved the Locarno and thought it was the best dance hall in Glasgow. I used to go on a Monday night, a Thursday night, Saturday lunchtime session [dancing to the latest records] and Saturday night. [Not all these nights every week, just what I could afford]. They had the best bands, with the revolving bandstand, and the springiest dance floor. On a Saturday night two girls got in for the price of one before 8.00 p.m. I had some wonderful times in the Locarno and get very nostalgic thinking about it. Of all the Glasgow Dance Halls I think the Locarno had the best atmosphere and we didn't need a drink to enjoy ourselves [couldn't afford it anyway as I only earned 2.15/- per week which I gave to my mother and got 10/- pocket money. Those were the days. Sometimes I used to miss the last tram to Maryhill and thought nothing of walking home along St George's Road and up Maryhill Road as far as Shakespeare Street. Wouldn't do it now as I would be too afraid.

Posted by: JacquiG 5th Mar 2008, 03:45pm

Ok I hope this will help me find my friends my story about the Locarno got us in troube .I think it was around 1965. They decided to open at lunch time for the buisness guys in the area I think they were doing a lunch anyway a bunch of us from the local ballet school in Clairmont Gardens decided that would be a great place to meet the guys. they actually danced so ofcourse being dance kids we started our own dances we got everyone we could up to dance it became so popular the management encouraged us to keep coming of course it meant we missed our afternoon class .Then one day the tv cameras came and we endend up on the evening news thats when our teacher and parents found out we were dogging classes but if you think about it we were still dancing but alas the good time at the Locarno came to an end for us anyway.. Yes those were the days A cheap we bottle of I think it was called Lanolic between 6 of us before we went at night and trying to get in to the pubs at sixteen some time you did and some times you didn't Yes those were the days .

Posted by: Anne1 5th Mar 2008, 03:54pm

Welcome to the boards Jacqui hope you enjoy them when I went to locarno there was no booze at all but by the 60s they started searching the guys for booze so guys gave to girlfriends to bring it in, but no me a was a goody two shoes laugh.gif laugh.gif

Posted by: jakka13 5th Mar 2008, 06:36pm

Didn't go to the Locarno very often .Couldn't afford the tram fare both ways and the money to get in .Most of my dancing was done in the F&F or the Partick Borough Hall .
I did go to the 12:00 till 4:00 dances a couple of times but I was only allowed to go when my Daddy was home on leave and he would be outside waiting for me to take me home .

Posted by: maryhillgal 5th Mar 2008, 06:41pm

Och ya poor wee soul Jakka. You don't know what you missed by not going to the Locarno. Anne [when you have finished polishing your halo, ha ha], you are right about the guys getting frisked but latterly so did the girls. I remember taking in a half bottle, tucked under my arm, for a guy I knew. Luckily I didn't get caught!! Oh happy days.

Posted by: whatshername 25th Jun 2008, 08:43am

maryhillgal... if you look back to post 15 you will find thenames of the band. george must have a better memory than a lot of us

Posted by: *John Manson* 27th Sep 2009, 05:14pm

Dancin is it, yes the Locarno and the Palace in Denniston and the Lindela, what memories.
Do you remember the Macbeat contests in the Woodside halls, they were ran by the Daily Record I think.
We had the Beatstalkers, The Valiants(now there was a band) and many more. Who remembers these days, I still speak to Alan Mair, Bass Player with the Beatstalkers. Them were the days.

Posted by: dizzybint 21st Oct 2010, 02:22pm

worse thing they ever did was change it over to Tyfannys, the made it like fancy club style and it lost all the atmoshphere it had as the Locarno..

Posted by: Rab 7th Jun 2011, 10:56pm

I am reading the wartime memoirs of a Canadian sailor who was stationed at Greenock. He gives glowing tributes to the great people of Renfrew and Glasgow who made him welcome.
This is a wee snippet .........

'Glasgow was a popular hangout for the Canadian Navy. It was then a big dirty seaport but we always felt quite welcome. The Lacarno Dance Hall was a favourite haunt where we were sure to find out what Canadian ships were in port. Surprisingly the Lacarno was a 'dry' dance hall but one of the best for dancing, the main part of the floor being built on springs. The 'no alcohol' rule was enforced at the door too. A hostess, in a fancy tux, stood guard with a cane which she used to tap pockets for concealed bottles. One night she tapped my jacket as usual and thought she had found a bottle. When she discovered it was a .45 Smith & Wesson she immediately checked it for me until I left.'
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Posted by: Chrissie 8th Jun 2011, 02:54am

The Locarno on a Thursday. Best bargain in Glasgow. Late 50s, early 60s, it was mobbed. It was only a couple of bob to get in and boy did you get your money's worth. biggrin.gif

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 8th Jun 2011, 09:40am

QUOTE
They had the best bands, with the revolving bandstand, and the springiest dance floor.

I knew I'd gone there a couple of times in the very early '60s but couldn't really remember until I read the above ... then it all came back to me biggrin.gif
That and the Greens Playhouse ... Big Time for a wee country boy. tongue.gif laugh.gif

Posted by: Dunvegan 9th Jun 2011, 03:43am

QUOTE (JacquiG @ 6th Mar 2008, 01:53am) *
Ok I hope this will help me find my friends my story about the Locarno got us in troube .I think it was around 1965. They decided to open at lunch time for the buisness guys in the area I think they were doing a lunch anyway a bunch of us from the local ballet school in Clairmont Gardens decided that would be a great place to meet the guys. they actually danced so ofcourse being dance kids we started our own dances we got everyone we could up to dance it became so popular the management encouraged us to keep coming of course it meant we missed our afternoon class .Then one day the tv cameras came and we endend up on the evening news thats when our teacher and parents found out we were dogging classes but if you think about it we were still dancing but alas the good time at the Locarno came to an end for us anyway.. Yes those were the days A cheap we bottle of I think it was called Lanolic between 6 of us before we went at night and trying to get in to the pubs at sixteen some time you did and some times you didn't Yes those were the days .

Lanny was spelt with a Q, most popular " Glesga" beveridge with those who could not afford 4 Crown.

Posted by: bilbo.s 9th Jun 2011, 07:45am

QUOTE (Dunvegan @ 9th Jun 2011, 05:51am) *
Lanny was spelt with a Q, most popular " Glesga" beveridge with those who could not afford 4 Crown.


Lanliq was indeed the spelling of that beverage. biggrin.gif

Posted by: rbwilson49 9th Jun 2011, 08:32am

lanliq was for cheapscates,us sophisticated boys from possil drank old english white,it didnt taste like cats p --h dogs maybe who can remember anyway from the sixties.